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Luidia ciliaris

Luidia ciliaris

Seven-armed starfish

   Luidia ciliaris is a large starfish between 40 to 60 cm in diameter. One of the main characteristic of this starfish are its seven long arms, usually cylindrical but sometimes flattened, and tapering to tips. The arm margins bear a series of spines. The upper surface of the seven-armed starfish varies from pale orange to reddish orange whereas the lower surface is white. Its arms may break easily when attacked, but, as it is the case with most echinoderms, it can regenerate a cut-down part, giving it an asymetrical shape with a arm shorter than the other ones. It lives on sandy or muddy bottoms where it may partly bury to catch heart-urchins and bivalves.
It is found from 10 to 400 m deep in the Atlantic Ocean, the English Channel, the North Sea and more rarely in the Mediterranean Sea.

Classification

 (source : European Register of Marine Species)

  • Echinodermata [Phylum]
  • Asterozoa [Subphylum]
  • Stelleroidea [Class]
  • Asteroidea [Subclass]
  • Paxillosida [Order]
  • Luidiidae [Family]
  • Luidia ciliaris (Philippi, 1837)

Page glossary


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Luidia ciliaris. Luidia ciliaris
Partly burrowed in sand

Luidia ciliaris. Luidia ciliaris
with the brittle star Ophiocomina nigra

Luidia ciliaris. Luidia ciliaris
starfish predator

Luidia ciliaris. Luidia ciliaris

 
 

Authors


Top photograph :
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Luidia ciliaris, Ile de Groix, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 28 meters.
Bottom photographs : © Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Luidia ciliaris, Partly burrowed in sand. Baie de Concarneau, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 15 meters.
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Luidia ciliaris, with the brittle star Ophiocomina nigra. Baie de Concarneau, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 14 meters.
© Wilfried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Luidia ciliaris, starfish predator. Anse de Camaret, West-Brittany, West of France. Depth 20 meters.
© Wifried Bay-Nouailhat. Published with author's kind permission : 
Luidia ciliaris, . Ile de Groix, South-Brittany, West of France. Depth 18 meters.
Text :  Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2005-2017.
Translation :  Anne Bay-Nouailhat © 2007-2017.

How to cite this page in publications


Bay-Nouailhat A., November 2005, Description of Luidia ciliaris, Available on line at http://www.european-marine-life.org/30/luidia-ciliaris.php, consulted on 24 April 2017.
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